Our Junior Development program provides an introduction to track & field and cross country for kids aged 6-9 or in the U8 and U10 categories. Following Athletic Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model, FUNdamentals are the key outcome. Fundamental motor skills of running, jumping, and throwing are taught. We focus on activities that are fun and keep these little athletes active. In cross country these athletes run between 800m and 1km. On the track they race up to 1500m.
A N N U A L
The Annual Membership for our Junior Development program is full year that encompasses XC, Indoor and Outdoor track. During XC we typically meet two times a week. Wednesday or Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.
The indoor track season typically runs from December to the end of March. We train at the Oshawa Civic Indoor Track facility. Outdoor Track for these athletes runs from May to the middle of August.
Between each season we ensure our Junior Athletes get the required time off and rest they need to enjoy a break away from running. This keeps them engaged and aids in preventing burnout.
c r o s s C o u n t r y
Locations: Alex Robertson Park, Pickering. Lakeview Park, Oshawa
Durham Dragons Athletics Fall Cross Country program is one of the best in Ontario. The Junior development program is open to kids 7-9 (grades 2-4) that compete in the U8 and U10 divisions. Practices start at the beginning of September and run through the end of November. The MTA and Athletics Ontario Championships are usually held in November. In 2020 our U8 Boys won the team title with a podium sweep and placing four in the top 5.
As part of this program, athletes are provided with structed practices two to three times a week with racing opportunities throughout the season with the Minor Track Association and Athletics Ontario. This program provides a great opportunity for kids to get introduced into the sport of cross country and learn the fundamentals of running. It is open to athletes of all levels.
We offer a free two-week trial membership for any new kids that want to try out cross country before committing to the season.
I n d o o r / o u t d o o r t r a c k
Cost: $400 per season
Locations: Oshawa Civic. Pineridge SS, Pickering. St. Mary's CSS, Pickering.
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